Operation Red Nose is Looking for Volunteers to Keep Streets Safe this Holiday Season

Release date: 
October 19, 2017

Kamloops, BC - The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s time for Operation Red Nose. PacificSport is hosting the 21st campaign in Kamloops, and the service will be offered for 18 nights. The dates of operation are November 24 and 25 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, and 31, between the hours of 8:00 pm and 3:00 am. The service is by donation and is available to any person operating a motor vehicle who does not wish to drive their vehicle for any reason. A person does not have to be intoxicated to use the service.
 
In 2016, Operation Red Nose was able to provide 1,241 safe rides over 15 nights, and the service raised almost $33,000 in donations. Kamloops finished first in BC by providing the most rides out of the 12 host communities. All money raised goes to PacificSport in support of amateur athletes and youth programs in Kamloops.
 
Operation Red Nose relies on volunteers who want to help and have a little fun during the holiday season. This year, Operation Red Nose hopes to recruit 250 volunteers. Volunteer positions include designated drivers, escort drivers, navigators, phone operators, and dispatchers. Volunteers can team up with their friends, family, or co-workers to form a road team of three to safely drive home clients and their vehicles. Volunteers can commit to one night or all 18 nights, and the shifts are approximately six hours long. In 2016, Operation Red Nose had 220 volunteers fill 618 volunteer positions.
 
The volunteer application procedure has changed from previous years. Volunteers must complete the Operation Red Nose volunteer application form and have a police information check completed by the RCMP. Volunteers must drop off the police information check and the Operation Red Nose letter to the RCMP Detachment or the North Shore Community Policing Office and then pick up the results once they are complete. The volunteer application forms are available at the Tournament Capital Centre, ICBC Claim Centre, Volunteer Kamloops, Desert Gardens Community Centre, and online at www.operationrednose.com.  
 
For more information on volunteering, please contact Katie Klassen at 250-320-0650 or kklassen@pacificsport.com.
 
Media Contact:
Katie Klassen, Coordinator
PacificSport Interior BC
250-320-0650
kklassen@kamloops.ca